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Report from the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on harmonising the reporting of food-borne outbreaks through the Community reporting system in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC [1]

doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2007.123r
European Food Safety Authority Acknowledgment The contribution of the Working Group that prepared this report is gratefully acknowledged: Katharina Alpers, Andrea Ammon, Katelijne Dierick, Andrea Gervelmeyer, Michaela Hempen, Gloria Hernandez Pezzi, Judith Hilton, Marika Hjertqvist, Danilo Lo Fo Wong, Hilde Kruse, Daniel Chaisemartin, Kris De Smet, Franz Karcher, Pia Mäkelä, Stef Bronzwaer, and Tobin Robinson. The Task Force would also like to thank explicitly the members of the ECDC’s Advisory Forum for their on-going support in the reporting of food-borne outbreaks and for providing input for the harmonised reporting scheme.
Type: Scientific Report of EFSA Approved: 08 November 2007 Published: 26 November 2007
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Summary

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) together with European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has produced a proposal for developing the reporting of investigated food-borne outbreaks in the Community in accordance with the Directive 2003/99/EC. The collection of data on investigated food-borne outbreaks provides for information on causative agents, food vehicles and the factors in food preparation and handling that contributed to the food-borne outbreaks at the Community level.

It is suggested that information on the available evidence to support the link between cases of disease in humans and a common food source should be gathered. More detailed information would only be collected from food-borne outbreaks where this link is verified, while for possible food-borne outbreaks only data on the number of outbreaks would be reported. The variables to be reported are chosen according to the relevance of the information at the Community level and whether meaningful analyses can be carried out at a supra-national level.

Even though the proposal would allow reporting of both individual food-borne outbreak data and aggregated data, the reporting of individual outbreaks is strongly encouraged.

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Report from the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on harmonising the reporting of food-borne outbreaks through the Community reporting system in accordance with Directive 2003/99/EC